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Photographing Birds

Updated on August 20, 2014

Tips for Photographing Birds

Photographing birds, without being seen, and you will have a trophy case of photos!

Donning some camo before setting out to catch some bird shots will have you bagging a few great picts that will be well worth putting on the wall. Here's how I like to camo out and wait for just the right moment to shoot a great picture.

All picts by me ~ Bev Lemley, all rights reserved.


Got him!

Camo is the way to go!

Blend in and get ready for a show...get your camera ready!

Camo Hat

A perfect hat for covering most of your head and hair, comes down to the top of your jacket when you are leaning forward looking through a lens on a tripod.

Pigment Dyed Bucket Hat-Leaf Camo
Pigment Dyed Bucket Hat-Leaf Camo

The top brim comes down to the top of the camera and you are good to go...well, you might need a bit more...


Aww, Bambi! - At least as cute as!

A Camouflage Shirt...

Of course a camouflage will really help you to blend in.

A necessity... - ...a nice folding camouflage chair

That's easy to carry over your shoulder...

Duluxe Camo folding Stool W / Pouch
Duluxe Camo folding Stool W / Pouch

A pouch is a nice necessity!


Shh... - ...a Bluejay!

In the frame!

Uh-oh! I think she sees me!

This is on my wish list

I think this would be perfect for covering up even more, and leaving room for glasses.

Candid! - Is that a wishbone?

No, he's not stuffed! - Though he looks like he has taken a bullet ~ he's alive and well!

A tripod is essential! Look for a tripod that is heavy duty, has a very smooth panning, and the legs will splay out multi-angles and lock in place. Do not go cheap on a tripod! Keeping the balance is critical with a heavy camera and telephoto lens. Find one that has black legs ~ think camo!

You also want to look for one that doesn't have support bars in the middle, but one that will allow the legs to go as far as as you want, which offers complete stabilization. If you have bars, you can't put your legs out in front of you as you need ~ you are close to the ground.

I put a green cloth (fleece works best in winter to help with the chill), over my head, covering the camera to the lens, covering the tripod legs as best I can. Of course, I think a blind might work better!

Another tip ~ never get up without taking the camera off and carrying it with you, no matter how inconvenient it is! There is great concern about something happening to the camera if you leave it on the tripod. Clumsy me would trip over it coming back to my seat!

One of the Top 5 Picks... - ...of Digital Photography Review...

Manfrotto MK294A3-A0RC2 294 Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head with Quick Release
Manfrotto MK294A3-A0RC2 294 Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head with Quick Release

Many features, per the review of Digital Photography Review make this a great contender, with safety for the camera in mind, and perfect panning. Read the review!


Boy! This is REALLY on my wish list!

Watch out, birdies!

Ameristep Doghouse Blind Realtree AP (Camo)
Ameristep Doghouse Blind Realtree AP (Camo)

Watch out birdies! I think this would be perfect!


Camouflage... almost a necessity...I found that out the long, hard way!

Will you add camo to your photo equipment?

If you'd like to see more action shots...

...please visit my lens Nature In Motion for more photo tips and ideas ~ I hope you will take a look ~ Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      great lens

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @randomthings lm: I hope you do! Even a rather inexpensive one will give you years of joy and wonderful memories! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      randomthings lm 

      6 years ago

      Maybe...ifi get a camers!! Love the deer picture.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great idea! Awesome pictures!


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